Denise Puente

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Ms. Puente is a commercial litigator practicing primarily in the areas of construction and surety law. She has represented both contractors and owners in negotiations and drafting of construction contracts for a variety of projects, including condominiums, hotels, apartment buildings, parking garages, industrial facilities and mixed residential/use facilities. Ms. Puente has also litigated numerous public bid dispute cases. She has represented contractors before the Louisiana Licensing Board of Contractors and appeared before various other board and agencies throughout Louisiana on behalf of the firm’s clients. 

In addition to her practice in the area of construction law, Ms. Puente has handled a wide variety of commercial litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts, involving redhibition, employment, copyright and trademark matters.

She is a frequent lecturer on construction and surety related matters and has conducted numerous in-house training seminars for companies and public bodies on Title VII employment related issues. In 1997, she was presented the Sam Dalton Capital Defense Award by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Counsel. In addition, Ms. Puente has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA for her work in construction law. Ms. Puente is fluent in Spanish.


  • Construction
  • Surety
  • Commercial Litigation


  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University — JD, 1987
  • Louisiana State University — BA Journalism, 1983


  • Ms. Puente is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal. She also is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


  • Speaker, “Louisiana Public Bid Law,“ Construction Law Seminar, sponsored by Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 30, 2016
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Construction Law,” Legal Panel, sponsored by Louisiana Association of General Contractors, San Destin, Fla, July 2016
  • Speaker, “Damage Clauses in Construction Contracts,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Regional Meeting, February 26, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Speaker and panel paper presentation, “Structural Steel (Manufacturing and Erection),” ABA Fidelity & Surety Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, New York, New York January 2016
  • Speaker, and co-author with Joel Long, Chp. XII,“The Performing Surety’s Mitigation of Loss, Bond Default Manual, 4th Ed. (Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 2015), ABA Fidelity & Surety Committee Meeting, Spring 2015, La Jolla, California
  • Speaker and paper presentation, “Attorney-Client Communications and Work Product for the Tendered Defense,” presented with Sarah Wilson and Guy Harrison, at ABA Fidelity and Surety Committee Meeting Spring 2014 – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Speaker, “Sexual Harassment Law,” Presentation to Board members of Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, 2015, 2013                                                         
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Construction Law,” Legal Panel, Louisiana AGC Summer Conference, San Destin, July 2013
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Construction Law,” Legal Panel, Louisiana AGC Conference, San Destin, July, 2012
  • Speaker, “Surety Bonds,” Construction Insurance Program: Know Your Risk, Know Your Options, ABA Forum on Construction Industry, Santa Monica, CA, May 24, 2012
  • Speaker, “Payment Bonds,” Construction Insurance Program, sponsored by ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Chicago, September 22, 2011
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Louisiana Construction Law,” Critical Issues Summit, sponsored by Louisiana Association of General Contractors, New Orleans, January 14, 2011
  • Speaker, “Public Bid Law,” Construction Law in Louisiana Seminar, LSU Law Center, September 24, 2010
  • Speaker, “Preparing for Mediation, Construction Mediations and Arbitrations,” CLE sponsored by New Orleans Bar Association, June 22, 2010
  • Speaker, “New Uniform Public Bid Law,” Critical Issues Summit, sponsored by Louisiana Associated General Contractors, New Orleans, January 14, 2010


  • Chairman, DRI Fidelity & Surety Committee (2010–2012)
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Construction & Surety Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Tort and Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS"),
  • Fidelity and Surety Committee of TIPS
  • Vice-Chair Intellectual Property Section of TIPS (1996–1999)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee Member,
  • Chairman, Committee No. 12 (1999–2004)
  • Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, Board of Directors (2001–2015)
  • Member, Associated Business and Contractor (ABC) Business Development Subcommittee (1999–2001)
  • Louisiana State Law Institute Council - ABA Young Lawyer Division Observer (1991–1992)
  • City of New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments (2011–2015)

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